Harassment in the Workplace: Rights and Obligations

Not everyone loves going to their place of work every day. Maybe the commute is too long, or the air conditioner is always set extremely high, requiring bulky sweaters in July. But what happens when the source of the discomfort comes from negative comments, mistreatment or even harassment from coworkers? What is a person’s recourse […]

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Employer’s Hard Hat Policy Holds Up Against Religious Discrimination Claim

The line between religious freedom and occupational heath and safety can be a blurry one, as evidenced in a recent Quebec Superior Court decision where three Sikh men (the employees) brought a claim against their employer who would not allow them to work without hard hats on. A new policy and a refusal to comply […]

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Canadian Senate Seeks to Prohibit Genetic Discrimination

In recent years, the issue of “genetic discrimination” has emerged as a source of concern in Canada, the United States and around the world. The Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness defines genetic discrimination as occurring, “when people are treated unfairly because of actual or perceived differences in their genetic information that may cause or increase […]

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Muslim Employees Subjected to Poisoned Work Environment in Popular Toronto Restaurant

In Big Inc. v. Islam, 2015 ONSC 2921, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that a Toronto employer created a poisoned work environment for three of its Muslim employees. Le Papillion on the Park, a popular Toronto restaurant, opened in 2009. Shortly thereafter, the relationship between the […]

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